10 Favorite Restaurant Dishes You Can Make At Home
We get it: Eating out is expensive, but sometimes you're craving that rich, creamy shake or fried caloric yumminess you just can't make at home.
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According to the National Restaurant Association, the restaurant industry is projected to control 47 percent of the U.S. food dollar and bring in a whopping $683.4 billion in sales this year. In their recent survey of consumers, the association found that 2 in 5 people say restaurants are an essential part of their lifestyle. However, with the price of everything from limes to meat on the rise, going out to eat frequently can put a big dent in your wallet.
But you can have your Red Lobster biscuit and eat it too! Now you can make restaurant treats at home. Check out these 10 recipes and get cooking.
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Starbucks Petite Vanilla Scones
Starbucks' mini vanilla scones are delicious, but at $1 each enjoying a few of them can start to add up. Inspired by her weekly visits to Starbucks, blogger Dorothy Kern from Crazy for Crust whipped up her own version of these sweet treats. Click here for the recipe.
RECIPE: Low-Cal Sticky Buns
(Crazy for Crust/Dorothy Kern)
Homemade Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Is there anything more delicious than a warm, freshly-glazed Krispy Kreme doughnut? Instead of driving around waiting for the store's "Hot Light" to indicate when there are doughnuts right out of the oven, try this recipe from Ashton at Something Swanky for copycat Krispy Kreme doughnuts straight from your own kitchen. Click here for the recipe.
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(Ashton Swank/Something Swanky)
McDonald's Shamrock Shake
The popular bright green Shamrock Shake at McDonald's is only available for a limited time each year. But with this copycat recipe from Melissa at No. 2 Pencil, you can enjoy the minty goodness all year round. Click here for the recipe.
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(Melissa Mondragon/ No. 2 Pencil)
Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits
Sure, the seafood is good. But everyone knows the main attraction at Red Lobster is the buttery, cheesy perfection of their Cheddar Bay Biscuits. Make your own in about 20 minutes with this easy recipe from Donna and Chad at Slow Roasted Italian.
(Donna Elick/Slow Roasted Italian)
Cinnabon Giant Cinnamon Rolls
There's nothing quite like the taste of warm, gooey Cinnabon cinnamon rolls fresh out of the oven, but getting one of these sugary treats usually requires a visit to an airport or mall food court. Donna from the Slow Roasted Italian whipped up another copycat recipe so you can enjoy these giant cinnamon rolls at home. Click here for the recipe.
RECIPE: Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
(Donna Elick/The Slow Roasted Italian)
Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup and Bread Bowl
Panera Bread is a favorite spot for comforting staples like sandwiches, salads and soups. With this copycat recipe from Yammie's Noshery you can create your own version of their popular broccoli cheddar soup, complete with a crusty, delicious bread bowl.
RECIPE: Pretzel Bread Bowl
Wendy's Chili is a hearty, delicious (and healthier) alternative to their burgers, fries and shakes. Sarah from Raining Hot Coupons has created a copycat version that tastes just like the original. Check out her recipe here.
(Sarah Gibbons/Raining Hot Coupons)
Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana
Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana is a favorite for its rich, creamy taste and flavorful chunks of sausage, kale and potato. Jaclyn from Cooking Classy created her own version of the popular soup which gives you a real bang for your buck (check out the comparison between the amount of soup the homemade recipe produces and the amount you get at Olive Garden!)
Click here for the recipe, and also check out her copycat recipe of Olive Garden's famous breadsticks.
RECIPE: 70-Calorie French Onion Soup
(Cooking Classy/Jaclyn Bell)
Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme
The Crunchwrap Supreme is one of the most popular items at Taco Bell, with its savory mix of soft and hard tacos stuffed with ground beef and other toppings. Blogger Larissa Zitzman created her own version of the fast food favorite you can make at home in a few simple steps. Check out her recipe over at Just Another Day in Paradise.
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(Larissa Zitzman/Just Another Day in Paradise)
Girl Scout Samoas Cookies
These may not come from a restaurant, but Girl Scout cookies are an item you can't get just anywhere. Kelly at Just A Taste has created a near-identical recipe to the chocolate-y, coconut-y goodness of Samoas so you can enjoy them year-round (without needing to stockpile a horde of boxes to get your cookie fix!) Check out her recipe here.
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